Monthly Archives: April 2009

Trey Hillman


A while back I pulled an article from the KC Star Magazine on the Royal’s manager Trey Hillman. What caught my eye was the photo above. Today I finally got around to reading about Hillman and his love for Christ. The full article is no longer online, but I did want to share this story from his childhood that had a huge impact on his life. Enjoy.

“Perhaps the best way to understand him is to understand what’s most important in his life. It’s not baseball.

Trey Hillman is about an hour into explaining how the faith he learned from his father turned him into the man he is today when he thinks about the day it all came together. You’ll like this, he says. It gets at the crux of who he is and how he lives.

Nine years old, and little Trey is outside his family’s Texas home playing ball with kids from the neighborhood. He says something about Santa Claus, and a kid named Dean – Hillman will never forget that name – laughs and calls Trey a dumb little boy for believing.

Crushed, Trey goes to his father. Dad was a junior high principal and coach, one of the most respected men in town. Hillman calls him “a saint.”

On this day, Trey asks about Santa and Dad gives him the truth. OK. Trey asks about the tooth fairy and Dad gives him the truth. Hmm. Trey asks about the Easter bunny. Dad gives him the truth. Deep breath. Trey thinks for a moment. He goes the next step.

What about God?

Is that real?

Whoa. This just turned serious. Dad’s face loses all humor. God is very real. It’s more important, Dad says, for you to love Jesus Christ than it is for you to love me. The words come calm and steady. “Son, it’s more important for me to spend time with Jesus Christ than it is to spend time with you.”

Even now, Hillman sounds surprised when he retells the story.

“You have to understand,” he says, “my father was and is my hero. To hear him tell me that, that was tough.”

It changed him, too. Church was no longer just a Sunday ritual. God went from one more authority figure young Trey had to do right by to an essential part of his life. Light from his bedroom often spilled under the door and into the hallway as he read and re-read the Bible before bed.”


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Need to borrow a truck?


Springtime means moving dirt and garage sale finds and who knows what else big will need to be moved! Our truck sits in front of our house just to be leant out! And anyone who has borrowed it in the past knows you can’t hurt it, so don’t worry about that part! It’s a standard though, but other than that, just a big truck (with a lot of stickers on the back that Tony puts on every time he uses it…no, we aren’t huge hunters or Buffalo Sabre fans for the record!). Come and borrow it when you need a truck for any reason!!!

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I should have known better…

This is what happens when on Saturday morning Brian offers to dress Becks. I walked in, saw his outfit, and told them to stay there while I got the camera. Brian seriously had no idea why I wanted a picture. So, while it was a super nice gesture, I did redress the poor boy!




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Beckham’s “Mountain” bike


So, it’s more of a tricycle…on steroids. We were in a bike shop (shocking, I know!) and Becks found this trike. He has a Radio Flyer tricycle, but it tends to tip and he’s not a fan of that, so it’s hard to get him on it! He rode it around the store and told us it wouldn’t “tip over” and that he wasn’t done riding yet every time we talked to him. We thought about getting it that day, but decided it was wiser to think about it. That night when Brian was reading to Beckham, he told Brian, “Dad, I rode a mountain bike, just like yours. And I went fast like you.” If Brian had been wavering about the purchase at all, I knew right away that was the only push he needed! The next morning it was in our living room (it was still too cold and rainy to take it outside). He’s been riding it around the little loop on our main floor all week!



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Taco Dinner

Last night was the annual Taco Dinner/Silent Auction to raise money for the mission trip. It’s one of my favorite events!!

This is the team this year:
Hat giving the bunny “bunny ears”
Me, Hat and Morgan!

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Today I am green!

I know, I’m a little behind on this trend, but I have a few good (well, fine, they are decent) reasons! First and dumbest is that when we talked about buying cloth bags for groceries, Brian insisted on green. If you know him, you know this is one of the things I love about him: he’s weird like that! If you can get it in a color, we have to around here (which I love cause that means I get to get the pink one of anything that comes in pink!) And his latest love is green. This presented the problem of finding the right green also. He wasn’t talking about forest green, but fun green (I could have settled with bright orange also I think. We didn’t discuss orange, but it always goes over well around here. Or I would have bought pink too!! : ) ). Secondly, I didn’t want to be an ad for a store and get some with logos on them, but I also wasn’t going to pay more than $1 a bag not to. Thirdly, I actually use the plastic ones for dirty diapers. What will I wrap them in now? (Must remember to “forget” cloth sacks when I run low on plastics.)


So when I saw these today at the grocery store, I knew they were just what I needed to push me over the edge to green! Neon green, no logo, $1. (That and the fact that when discussing this idea of recycling and such with Mr. Vos, an elder at our church, on Sunday he used the “stewardship of God’s resources” card when I said we’d have to pay to recycle. Shoot. You can’t ever argue that one.)

I’m so green now!


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Deanna Rose Petting Zoo

I love a lot of things about Kansas, but Deanna Rose is pretty far up there on my list! Does it get any better than a FREE petting zoo that’s big enough that you can’t really do the whole thing in a morning?

Sadie has NO fear of the goats (maybe cause she thought they were “doggies”); her hands went right in their mouths to feed them.


The wagon was the best ever!!


She chased them in the pins too!


I think SP encouraged Becks to be ok with the animals!



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